Posted by Pierre on November 1st, 2010
1 GROSSER A homophone (indicated by overheard) of ‘grocer’.
5 OTHELLO A charade of O (old) T (tragedian, initially) and HELLO (a greeting).
9 NATAL A double definition – the question mark is giving you a hint that the definition of ‘delivery’ is not the usual one: here it’s to do with ‘birth’, as in pre-natal and post-natal.
10 SYCOPHANT An anagram (broke) of CHAP and STONY.
11 HEADBANGER A charade of HEAD (boss) and BANGER (old car). ‘An enthusiast for heavy metal music (colloquial)’, the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary tells us. They must get through some Nurofen, then.
12 THAI Another homophone, of ‘tie’. ‘Reportedly’ tells us to look for the homophone.
14 DOWN TO EARTH A double definition.
18 A PRETTY PASS And another.
21 GOBI A charade of GOB (as in shut your gob/shut your trap) and I for ‘one’.
22 GREAT-NIECE An insertion of an anagram (crude) of AIN’T in GREECE, the country.
25 TALL ORDER Another insertion (about) – of LORD in TALE, followed by R (beginning to refuse).
26 THUMP A charade of THU and MP. THU is THUS (so), shortened by one letter.
27 RED TAPE An anagram (involving) of DEEP ART.
28 DONE FOR A charade of DON (teacher), E (English) and FOR (FORM, class, shortened by one letter).
1 GUNG-HO A charade of GUN (shooter) and H (he’s foremost, in other words the first letter of HE) in GO, the game. This was probably the hardest clue – perfectly sound, but there’s a bit going on. I was minded to look up the phrase to discover its origin: it comes from the Chinese gonghé, meaning ‘work together’, adopted in World War Two by the US Marines. Knowledge guaranteed to impress your mates down the pub this evening.
2 OUTLAY A charade of OUT (abroad) and LAY (place).
3 SELL-BY-DATE SELBY is the town; it ‘accepts’ L for large, and DATE is the fruit.
4 RESIN I couldn’t see this for a while, but I chuckled when I did. If you’re unrepentant, then you’re likely to sin again, or re-sin. My favourite clue today.
5 ORCHESTRA A charade of OR (gold) and RA (artist) around CHEST (box). And not a carthorse in sight.
6 HIPS Another take away a letter clue: CHIPS is the fast food; without its first letter you have HIPS, the fruit of the wild rose.
7 LEATHERY A charade of LEA (pasture) above THE RY. RY is a common abbreviation in crosswords for railway, and ‘north’ can be used in down clues to indicate placement of an element of the clue.
8 OUTRIGHT A charade of OUT (dismissed, as in cricket) and RIGHT.
13 KENSINGTON A charade of KEN (former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone) SING TO and N for Knight (the standard abbreviation for the piece in chess).
15 WEYBRIDGE A charade of WEY (YEW reversed) and BRIDGE, which spans a river. You get oop north in 3dn; you get soft south in 15dn. Balanced view as always from the Grauniad.
16 DAUGHTER The paper making an appearance. This is an anagram (somehow) of THE GUARD – The Guardian without IAN, the final boy.
17 DRIBBLED A charade of DRIB (an anagram, dicky, of BIRD) and BLED. A clever clue, I thought.
19 REBUFF A double definition – to RE-BUFF would be to polish again.
20 TEMPER And another: two meanings of the word.
23 ACRID A charade of A (the indefinite article) and R (right) in CID, the police.
24 IONA Hidden in CaprI ON Another.